I have never understood the appeal of Okamoto/Crown condoms. Don’t get me wrong; they’re not bad products. I’m just confused as to why they seem to top the charts in many circles as I don’t think there’s anything particularly special about them. My wife and I have tried both the Crown Skinless Skin and the Okamoto 0.04 several times, and we always come away with the same opinion: meh.
The Okamoto 0.04 isn’t bad, but it’s not great, either, which is odd because there are several latex condoms of this same thickness that have become favorites of ours (e.g., One Vanish, Kimono Microthin, Trojan Bareskin, and EXS Air Thin). But, for some reason, the Okamoto 0.04 just doesn’t perform at the level we would expect from a latex condom at this thickness. The sensation and heat transfer just aren’t there. We thought it might be a fluke, so we’ve given it several chances, but the result has always been the same.
This product is average. It’s not bad, but it’s nothing to write home about, either. As mentioned, heat transfer is normal but not great.
Bottom line: This condom would be good in a pinch as it certainly won’t cause a negative experience, but there are so many better options out there at this same thickness and price point that there’s no compelling reason to seek it out over any other standard-performance condom.
We might use this condom again if that’s what’s on hand, but it’s definitely not something we would go out of our way to track down. It doesn’t perform well enough for what we’re used to, and we keep pretty well stocked, so I doubt we’ll need it to pinch-hit anytime soon.